LACH4423 Landscape and Urban Ecology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
This six-point unit explores the theoretical foundation of landscape and urban ecology and their application in landscape architecture practice. Lectures cover terminology and main aspects of landscape ecology such as landscape patterns and processes, structure, disturbance, succession, fragmentation, biodiversity, urban ecology (ecosystem services, urban heat island effect, light, pollution, hydrology, flora and wildlife, globalisation and homogenisation), principles of ecological design and sustainable development, for example integrated water management, low impact design, alternative lawns and urban biodiversity and design. Students will have a chance not only to explore best realised landscape design projects, but analyse and suggest their own ecologically based design scenario.
Why is this unit important?
Landscape design is dealing with dynamic living ecosystems which need to be depicted and understood before applying any design considerations. At the beginning of the 21st century landscape architects, architects and urban designers should understand their role as designers in constantly challenging landscapes.
This unit explores the theory and application of landscape and urban ecology in landscape design and environmental planning and provides a range of international and national examples of ecological design thinking.
Students are able to (1) acquire the ecological design principles and skills necessary for the application to landscape architecture practice; (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the information available from landscape and urban ecology in the delivery of ecosystem services and designing sustainable landscapes; and (3) demonstrate an understanding of the key aspects of the theoretical knowledge of urban ecology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study; (2) independent project; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Maria Ignatieva
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50)
(2) Field trips outside the metropolitan area (estimated cost - $50-$250)
(3) Interstate field trips (estimated cost - $500-$900)
(4) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.